Updated June 1, 2021
Austin Thomas has been named the general manager for the LSU football team, head coach it was announced on Jan. 27, 2021.
Thomas returns to LSU after spending the 2020 season as senior associate athletic director for football at Baylor. Thomas previously spent five years with the Tigers from 2013-17.
As LSU’s general manager, Thomas will work directly with Orgeron on the day-to-day operations and management of the program.
Thomas’ first stay at LSU came from 2013-17 serving as a staff member before being elevated to general manager by Orgeron in 2016. At the time of his promotion, Thomas was the first general manager in the history of the Southeastern Conference and one of only two with that title in college football.
In his first two seasons at LSU, Thomas helped the Tigers claim back-to-back top five signing classes in 2014 and 2015, which included signing the nation’s top overall player in 2014. He was named the Personnel Director of the Year in 2015 and a finalist for the award in 2014.
Thomas served as the associate athletic director for football personnel at Texas A&M for two years in 2018-19.
Considered one of the top personnel managers in all of college football, Thomas also held off-the-field roles at USC and Tennessee. He has worked closely with NFL personnel at each of his stop in college football to maximize the opportunity for his program’s student-athletes at the next level.
Thomas is married to the former Brittney Piper. The couple has two sons, Paul Austin III and Paxton Ace.